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Brian Williams and the Privilege of the Truth

February 12, 2015

Many thought pieces have been written on the case of Brian Williams, the longtime anchor of NBC Nightly News. Williams replaced Tom Brokaw in 2004, and proceeded to win the ratings war and enjoy burgeoning personal popularity until it was revealed that he had lied about being in a helicopter hit by an RPG in Iraq. Williams’ professional success had always rested where journalism and storytelling combined; it’s also where he came undone.

Brian Williams understood that nighttime news, along with all media, was changing. He eschewed staid reportage for a vibrant, warm and personal appeal to viewers. His news reports related his personal experiences of his on-location reporting. He made regular appearances on talk shows. Here he is on Letterman in 2012:

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